Software Engineering Technician (Fast Track) 3428

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Established as Toronto's first public college in 1966, Centennial College offers programs in business, communications, community and health studies, science and engineering technology, general arts, hospitality and transportation.
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Program code: 3428
School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Program Type: Fast-track program
Program Length: 1 year/ 2 semesters
Start Date: Fall, Winter
Location: Progress Campus
Tel: 416-289-5000, ext. 3556

Qualified college or university graduates with a background in software gain direct admission into year two (semester three) of the two-year program and receive their Software Engineering Technician diploma in one year/ two semesters.

The Fast-track Software Engineering Technician program prepares graduates for a variety of jobs in the software industry. You will acquire solid knowledge of software engineering methodologies, programming languages, design and algorithm concepts, data management tools and networking fundamentals. This program is ideal for those learners who are seeking a shorter-term program for timely re-entry into the workplace. The course work will emphasize object-oriented software design methodologies, user-oriented interface design, C#, Java, Oracle, MS-SQL Server, Microsoft's .NET and Software Testing and QA.

To underscore the applied focus of the curriculum, the program will include one software development project. This real-world business application will require students to utilize all the technical and business skills acquired during their studies for building higher quality software.

The Software Engineering Technician program is a fully CIPS/CTAB accredited program.


Whether you balance the books, edit photographs or produce a movie, it wouldn’t be possible without the latest software programs. Now you won’t just be using the software; you’ll design, develop and maintain it. Learn about modern software engineering methodologies, programming languages, design and algorithm concepts, and data management tools. Develop various software applications, human computer interfaces and enterprise information systems. Want to specialize further? Continue into the technology year (year three) and acquire solid knowledge of systems integration, enterprise programming, mobile computing and software security specialization.

Semester 3 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Progress Campus
COMP-214 Advanced Database Concepts Progress Campus
COMP-228 JAVA Programming Progress Campus
COMP-229 Web Application Development Progress Campus
COMP-246 Object Oriented Software Engineering Progress Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Progress Campus

Semester 4 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
COMP-212 Programming 3 Progress Campus
COMP-231 Software Development Project I Progress Campus
COMP-311 Software Testing and Quality Assurance Progress Campus
ELECT Technical Elective Progress Campus
ELECT Technical Elective Progress Campus
EMPS-101 Employment Skills Progress Campus
ENGL-253 Advanced Business Communications Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus

Companies that have hired technician program graduates include:

  • Scotiabank
  • Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
  • Toronto Stock Exchange
  • Government

Program Highlights

  • Courses are delivered using leading-edge technology geared to industry standards
  • Knowledgeable and approachable faculty who have diverse business experience and academic credentials
  • Smaller classes allow for more individualized learning
The Software Engineering Technician program is a fully CIPS/CTAB accredited program.

The Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) and the Canadian Council of Technician and Technologies (CCTT) jointly approved accreditation of this program in 2011.  This joint accreditation is the first of its kind in Canada.  Graduates from the program may apply for certified membership to either CIPS or their provincial engineering technology association.

CTAB Nationally Accredited Program
The Software Engineering Technician program has met the national technology accreditation requirements established by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) and, as such, has received national accreditation status by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB).

Recognition as a Certified Engineering Technician
OACETT (The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists) recognizes the Software Engineering Technician program as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the Technician category.

The qualification requirements and costs for each external accreditation, designation, certification or recognition are set by the granting body, not by Centennial College.  In order to qualify for any external accreditations, designations, certifications or recognitions, students and graduates will need to follow the processes and meet the applicable requirements listed on the websites and in the materials of those external bodies.


Start constructing the next groundbreaking software through a business model software development project – this real world application will require you to use all your technical and business skills to build higher quality software. Then with the co-op option, introduce yourself to some of the biggest names in the industry during your paid co-op starting in your fourth semester. Gain experience, network and get ahead of the competition—all before graduation.

  • College diploma or university degree in computer science, information technology, software engineering or a related discipline
  • We will consider applicants with a combination of partial diploma or degree and relevant work experiences
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Career Outlook

Program graduates are prepared for entry-level positions as:

  • Computer programmers
  • Software developers
  • Software testers
  • Systems analysts
  • Web applications developers
  • Database administrators
  • Applications or software support

Career options include: software developer, software tester, computer programmer, business analyst, web applications developer, database administrator and software support.

Centennial’s SET graduates work here:
American Express, Bell Canada, IBM Canada, Manulife, Scotiabank, Toronto Stock Exchange, CIBC and RBC.

*CIPS and CTAB Accreditation programs